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Atlanta Dan
05-31-2012, 02:34 PM
Hines Ward to join NBC Sports and Sunday Night Football broadcast team
Ed Bouchette / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
It did not take long for Hines Ward to find his way back to the National Football League. NBC Sports announced this afternoon it has hired Ward to work on it's highly rated Football Night in America on Sundays during the season among other projects.

Ward retired from football shortly after the Steelers released him this year and said at the time he was not sure what he would do, but that pursuing a job in the media likely would be one of them. He was among the most popular Steelers during his 14-year career and left as the most productive wide receiver in their history.

His hiring for the NBC football show comes six years after his friend and former teammate, Jerome Bettis, joined Football Night in America shortly after he retired. NBC did not renew Bettis' contract after three years on the show.

Ward, though, won't stick with one show. According to an NBC release, the multi-year agreement with Ward will have him contribute to other shows as well as being a studio analyst for college football. He will appear regularly on NBC SportsTalk with Mike Florio and Sports Illustrated's Peter King, an NFL discussion show on NBC Sports Network.

Ward appeared on NBC's Super Bowl pregame show this year.

"We think Hines is a perfect match for television because he brings with him a unique combination of charisma and football experience, which he demonstrated on our Super Bowl pre-game show from Indianapolis," said Sam Flood, executive producer, NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network, in the news release."He's an opinionated personality who can draw upon his 14 years of experience, having excelled at the highest levels of the game. Just don't expect him to dance."

"I am really excited. It's not everyday that you get the chance to work for a powerhouse like the NBC Sports Group," said Ward in the release. "It is a big honor for me and I am looking forward to making the most of this great opportunity."


http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/sports/steelers/hines-ward-to-join-nbc-sports-and-sunday-night-football-broadcast-team-638398/

:thumbsup:

stb_steeler
05-31-2012, 02:37 PM
This does not surprise me since Hines had taken up broadcasting lessons with Charlie on their off seasons.

Steelerfreak58
05-31-2012, 03:08 PM
Maybe they will get rid of Harrison that guy sucks as an analyst almost as much as Sapp.

TRH
05-31-2012, 03:40 PM
Maybe they will get rid of Harrison that guy sucks as an analyst almost as much as Sapp.


Sapp isn't fired yet?
If anybody else did half the stuff that scumbag has already done, they would have been fired a long time ago. I think Jeremy Shockey, who is in limbo right now, should sue Sapp if he can't find a team, due to Sapp disparaging his name as a "rat". Scumbag.

I figured Ward would end up on the sidelines instead. Whether it be broadcasting or coaching, we all knew he would find a gig almost immediately.

tony hipchest
05-31-2012, 04:35 PM
great news! i cant wait...

also great that theyre giving him more than the dog and pony gig they gave jerome. honestly hines seems more of a natural than jerome who was always great as an interview, but not as the interviewer.

Hawaii 5-0
05-31-2012, 04:40 PM
Hines Ward Hired By NBC

Thursday, May 31st, 2012 by Dave Bryan

Recently retired Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward is coming to a television set near you as Ed Bouchette passes along the word today that Ward has been hired by NBC. Not only will Ward be part of Football Night in America on Sundays, he also is slated to appear regularly on NBC SportsTalk with Mike Florio and Sports Illustrated's Peter King in addition to being a college football studio analyst.

This is not the first time that Ward has been on the other side of the camera as he has done a few guest analyst spots in the past and he was also part of the Super Bowl pregame show this past February. Ward also received quite a bit of camera face time last year as he danced away with the trophy on Dancing with the Stars.

Ward now follows in the footsteps of former Steelers running back Jerome Bettis, who was hired by NBC six years ago following his retirement from the game. Bettis lasted three years before not having his contract renewed.

Ward has been preparing for a broadcasting career after football for some time now as he and quarterback Charlie Batch took attended the four-day NFL Broadcast Boot Camp back in June of 2010. That experience gave Ward a greater appreciation for broadcasting. He was quoted at that time as saying, "Going out and playing in front of 67,000 fans is much easier than getting (in front of) a camera," Ward said following his turn in the color analyst's chair. "But all in all, that's what it's all about, preparing for life after football. Being here at boot camp gives me a chance to see where I want to go with things."

Ward has the smile and the charisma to do well in broadcasting. The biggest criticism that he will face will likely surround how he handles the partiality factor with the Steelers and how critical will he allow himself to be of his former employer and teammates going forward. We should get a good idea right off the bat as the Steelers play the Denver Broncos in week one on Sunday night.

http://www.steelersdepot.com/2012/05/hines-ward-hired-by-nbc/

Fire Arians
05-31-2012, 05:14 PM
awesome for hines

QCbeauBlak
05-31-2012, 06:08 PM
Wonderful news!! This is such a classy gig. It is the best broadcasting gig in the NFL.. He is going to be with the classy Tony Dungy (hopefully Harrison is bounced.. he's not too bad though) and Bob Costas. Hines is always critical and objective of his teammates, Big Ben 2 years ago anyone? It's cool because we have so many Steelers in broadcasting with Coach Cower, Rod Woodson, Bettis, Hodge, now add Hines. Ryan Clark will most definitely get hired if he wants to take the route down the line.

Hawaii 5-0
05-31-2012, 06:11 PM
Wonderful news!! This is such a classy gig. It is the best broadcasting gig in the NFL.. He is going to be with the classy Tony Dungy (hopefully Harrison is bounced.. he's not too bad though) and Bob Costas. Hines is always critical and objective of his teammates, Big Ben 2 years ago anyone? It's cool because we have so many Steelers in broadcasting with Coach Cower, Rod Woodson, Bettis, Hodge, now add Hines. Ryan Clark will most definitely get hired if he wants to take the route down the line.

they really should get rid of Mike Florio though...

WVABE
05-31-2012, 06:32 PM
Good for Hines, hope his 2nd career is as great as his first.

QCbeauBlak
05-31-2012, 09:46 PM
they really should get rid of Mike Florio though...

They use him like an on the scene reporter. It's usually short segments since he is like the NFL's TMZ reporter. But I think having Dan Patrick on there balances it out.. Kinda like how Mortensen makes ESPN NFL programming half way watchable.

Hawaii 5-0
06-01-2012, 12:32 AM
posted by Dale Lolley

May 31, 2012

© Hines Ward will be working on NBC this fall. I hope they give him some training before they set him free on the mic.

I did a story on Ward for the Steelers Game Day program a couple of years ago. I asked him two questions and finished the interview with 20 minutes of tape to go through.

Ward is famous among reporters for his talking. He would talk about anything and everything, often without cue.

I wish him luck.

http://www.observer-reporter.com/or/sidelines/

Hawaii 5-0
06-01-2012, 02:04 AM
Ward prepared to speak mind

By Mark Kaboly - Tribune-Review
Published: Thursday, May 31, 2012

For 14 years, Hines Ward used criticism to fuel his football career.

Now, the recently retired Steelers wide receiver is ready to dish out some negativity, and his former team isn’t going to be exempt.

Ward was hired Thursday as an analyst on NBC’s “Football Night in America” studio show and also will contribute to NBC Sports Network, where he will be a studio analyst during Notre Dame games and appear on the weekday “NBC Sports Talk” show with Mike Florio and Peter King.

But Ward’s main job will be analyzing the NFL on Sunday nights, starting with the Steelers at Denver in Week 1.

“It won’t be hard (to criticize),” Ward said. “One thing about playing football and doing interviews, I was always opinionated, and sometimes people didn’t like what I said. I am sure there are going to be games where somebody goes into the locker room and says to them that Hines didn’t pick you. I can’t pick (the Steelers) every week.”

Ward, who retired in March, was part of NBC’s Super Bowl coverage this past February. Ward also interviewed with CBS and ESPN in late April.

“We think Hines is a perfect match for television because he brings with him a unique combination of charisma and football experience …,” NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network executive producer Sam Flood said. “He’s an opinionated personality who can draw upon his 14 years of experience, having excelled at the highest levels of the game.”

Ward said he will be tough but fair with his analysis.

“If I see a player not playing particularly well and if I say he isn’t playing well, I am not bashing him,” Ward said. “I am doing my job. I hope guys aren’t going to get offended by what I say. I am not out to be malicious.”

Ward was drafted in the third round in 1998 out of Georgia. He spent 14 years with the Steelers and became the team’s all-time leader in receptions (1,000), receiving yards (12,083), receiving touchdowns (85) and 100-yard receiving games (29). Ward was named Super Bowl XL’s MVP.

Ward is the second former Steelers player NBC has hired as an analyst. Jerome Bettis, who retired in 2006, spent three years with NBC’s Sunday night studio broadcast team before not having his contract renewed.

http://triblive.com/sports/steelers/1893585-85/ward-nbc-steelers-analyst-football-sports-team-former-games-hines

Lady Steel
06-01-2012, 05:59 PM
May 31, 2012

© Hines Ward will be working on NBC this fall.

This fall? Drats. I was hoping to see Hines sooner rather than later by contributing during NBC's mega coverage of the Summer Olympics with Bob Costas. Oh well.

Congratulations, Hines! :tt:

mesaSteeler
06-01-2012, 06:42 PM
they really should get rid of Mike Florio though...

I HATE that SOB Florio. I'd love to see Hines jack him with a block like he did to Rivers when Florio starts with lies again about the Steelers. It won't happen but I can dream can't I?

Hawaii 5-0
06-04-2012, 12:54 AM
Steelers ‘Smiley’ To Join NBC Sports

Jun 3rd, 2012 by CraigSteelers

http://nicepickcowher.com/files/2012/06/5953642.jpg?e98d57

It’s no myth or misconception to say that Steeler Nation really hoped that newly retired Steeler, Hines Ward, would join the team in some sort of coaching or mentor role. I too hoped that Ward would rejoin the team and mentor a young receiving core that still needed to learn more about the game – both on the field and off (I’m looking at you Mike Wallace). But, as these things tend to go, a man with more charisma than Sean Connery and the knowledge of the game he once played joins the ranks of those before him – football analyst.

Ward joins the giant peacock of sports by signing a contract with the NBC Sports Network. Turns out his recent appearance during NBC’s Super Bowl Pre-Game extravaganza was just tryout. Guess the Nielsen ratings took a spike when those pearly whites flashed on the screen (he can also thank Dancing With the Stars). Ward will become part of the Sunday Night Football pre-game show as well as becoming a studio analyst for college football and appear on the weekday Sports Talk news show.

I hope he can add some personality to the already snorefest of Dan Patrick, Tony Dungy, Rodney Harrison and the holier-than-thou Bob Costas. Patrick can be funny at times harkening back to his old days on ESPN’s Sports Center. But the other two in studio gentlemen instill about as much excitement and mediocre opinion as my dog does while I watch him circle to take a leak. He certainly brings more ‘accomplishments’ to the table. I just hope he doesn’t hold back when it comes to analyzing players and teams each Sunday Night.

I’m happy for the guy, and I hope it goes well for him. I honestly didn’t want him to head back to his roots in Georgia – forever to be lost to the ether of positional coaching in the NCAA. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. I doubt anyone will be hot to trot over Ward leaving the prime time football cameras to pursue coaching like they are with Cowher every season. But, he should be an enjoyable commodity for years to come.

He’s staying in the public eye. And, that’s something all of Steeler Nation will be happy to see.

http://nicepickcowher.com/2012/06/03/steelers-smiley-to-join-nbc-sports/

steelerchad
06-04-2012, 07:31 AM
Smart move for the network. Getting a beloved player from one of the largest and the most passionate fan bases. That coupled with the following he picked up from Dancing with the Stars and this guy will probably shift a rating point or 2 by himself. I for one will tune into the new NBC sports network ( the old Versus network that I only watched Pens hockey on) since Hines will be on now.

micraydim
06-04-2012, 07:38 AM
This does not surprise me since Hines had taken up broadcasting lessons with Charlie on their off seasons.

me too . that's normal .

Hawaii 5-0
06-04-2012, 01:20 PM
Smart move for the network. Getting a beloved player from one of the largest and the most passionate fan bases. That coupled with the following he picked up from Dancing with the Stars and this guy will probably shift a rating point or 2 by himself. I for one will tune into the new NBC sports network ( the old Versus network that I only watched Pens hockey on) since Hines will be on now.


NBC Hires Ward, With Numerous Roles in Mind

By RICHARD SANDOMIR

Hines Ward evidently made a strong impression as a guest analyst on NBC’s Super Bowl pregame show. On Thursday, the NBC Sports Group hired Ward, the former Pittsburgh Steelers receiver, for a three-job portfolio. The Steelers released him in late February after a 14-year career that included 1,000 receptions.

“You see a guy you want to listen to,” said Sam Flood, the executive producer of NBC Sports and NBCSN. “We know what we’re getting with him. He’s got a lot of skills. And the reps will help him.”

Flood said that after Ward’s Super Bowl work, he did not have to audition any further.

He will be an analyst on “Football Night in America,” which precedes “Sunday Night Football” on NBC. Sometimes he will be in the studio with Dan Patrick, Tony Dungy, Rodney Harrison and Peter King, and sometimes at the location of the night’s game, with Bob Costas, Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth.

“Opening Sunday, it makes sense to have him in Denver for the Steelers-Broncos, and in Week 3 in Baltimore for New England-Baltimore,” Flood said. He added that it will also be intriguing to have Ward in the studio with Harrison, a former safety, to break down the receiver-defensive back matchup.

Ward will also work on NBC and NBCSN’s college football studio show, alongside Doug Flutie and Liam McHugh. Finally, he will appear Mondays and Fridays on NBC Sports Talk, also on NBCSN.

“Hines is an interesting guy who played at the highest level,” Flood said. “And people recognize him from ‘Dancing with the Stars.’” Ward and Kym Johnson were the champions of that reality show in spring 2011.

http://fifthdown.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/31/nbc-hires-ward-with-numerous-roles-in-mind/

tony hipchest
06-04-2012, 02:01 PM
what would be really cool is watching ward stuff a mic into the faces of baltimore players.

Steel Peon
06-04-2012, 09:27 PM
Though I love the Bus dearly, he sadly did not make a very good football commentator, and I actually wasn't surprised when NBC didn't bring him back. Hines, on the other hand, seems to be more suited for this kind of thing, and looks like a natural doing it. I hope it's the start of a second great career for him.